tags: Paula Matthusen

Of Circles and Motions of the Others

Monday, April 21st, 2014


Image by Alexander Perrelli

The 2014 MATA Festival concludes with a not-to-be missed evening that pairs the “excellent and enterprising” MIVOS Quartet with the “superhuman” Mantra Percussion in an evening of circles, seasons, and revolutions. Lisa Streich of Sweden begins the night with Play Time, her tribute to Jacques Tati in which three percussionists explore the resonant properties of a bicycle by beating, scraping and plucking it. Ansgar Beste’s Pelerinage Fantastique is a journey to the center of the prepared string quartet. MATA’s own outgoing Artistic Director Yotam Haber’s Torus, inspired by the sculpture of Richard Serra, is a study in the monumentality of forms; while Daniel Wohl’s Progression puts its faith in mechanics. From China, comes Ke Xu’s Tai Chi a gestural study in stillness, motion and entropy. Paula Matthusen’s The Days are Nouns, a setting of the Norwegian Table Prayer, sung by Jamie Jordan, channels our focus to the passage of time and the succoring power of each day.

Lisa Streich:  Playtime (2012)
Daniel Wohl:  Progression (2013)
Yotam Haber: Torus (2012)
Ansgar Beste: Pelerinage Fantastique (2012)
Paula Matthusen: The Days are Nouns (2013)
Ke Xu: Tai Chi (2013)


Monday, April 21, 2014
The Kitchen
512 West 19th St.

$20 adults / $15 students
Tickets available at: www.thekitchen.org

In One, Juraj Kojs, curator

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

In this program, seven composers/performers will introduce their approach to extending, hybridizing and abstracting the principles of instrumental design in a multimodal musical performance. Spencer Topel will present a piece for violin and live electronics. Jorge Variego will perform a composition for clarinet and a joystick controller. Juraj Kojs will manipulate the Slovakian sheep bells with digitally modeled cyberbell structures, and the Zeta cello, novel K-Bow controller and narration will be the focal point for Sarah O’Halloran and Margaret Schedel. Chikashi Miyama’s hands will sculpt musical structures in the air over his non-haptic Peacock instrument, and Paula Matthusen will show her work for live electronic organisms in jars. It all has to be heard to be believed.


lathyrus (2007)     Paula Matthusen

Violine (2010)*        Spencer Topel

Mimic (2008)          Jorge Variego

At and Across (2007)        Juraj Kojs

…linger figure flutter… (2010)*     Sarah O’Halloran

Black Vox (2010)     Chikashi Miyama

* World Premieres